Costa Magica Cruise Review
Italy is one of Europe's most child-friendly countries, so it shouldn't be surprising that Costa--which is based in Genoa--takes pains to keep kids happy. Costa has free programs for children and adolescents from 3 to 17. As long as your child is out of diapers, he or she can enjoy one of Costa's four clubs:
Activities vary by age group and season, but they might include treasure hunts, meeting the captain, dancing lessons, sports, talent shows, arts and crafts, themed dinners, a teen disco, karaoke, and a beach party. Such activities are a great way for children to interact with kids of other nationalities.
Costa Magica also caters to video-game enthusiasts with PlayStations in the Squok Club and an arcade for all ages called "Virtual World."
During our cruise in mid-October, we saw children using the water slide under the supervision of a Costa counselor who had a nice rapport with the kids. We also witnessed a group of young children in pirate costumes being led through the public areas late in the evening, where they won smiles and applause from indulgent adult passengers.
Costa's organized club activities for children are available 8½ hours a day, ending at 11:30 p.m. Group babysitting is offered free of charge until 1:30 a.m. For more information, see the Family Cruising page on Costacruise.com.
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